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The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a collaboration between the University of Washington and the University of California, San Francisco. Its center is located in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health but has over 600 staff worldwide in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean who work to strengthen health systems and health workforce development and to support research, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases.

The Training System Monitoring and Reporting Tool (TrainSMART) is I-TECH's open-source, web-based training data collection system. It allows users to accurately track data about training programs, trainers, and trainees to evaluate programs and report activities to stakeholders. In addition to capturing training and participant data, TrainSMART has a robust reporting module that allows researchers to run various automatic reports and create and save customized reports that can be run at any interval.

screenshot of TrainSMART data entry screen
Challenges:
Create a fully protected and highly secured site that simplifies data input and a tracking process, while also being easy to use and fully accessible (even for users on dial-up!).

With so much data and so many users, I-Tech needed a simple and effective tool for translating paper data sets into a digital space where real-time collaboration could take place.

On one hand, TrainSMART for users needed to be simple, with intuitive data input points that matched the paper forms where data was originally collected.

On the other hand, for program leaders, it needed to be secure with layers of permissions to allow different user groups to access different facets of the website.

We created a site that allows for:

  • Administrators to configure user permissions

  • Data entry staff can enter data but not query the database

  • Managers can design and generate reports from the data

  • Funders or stakeholders can be granted a login to see a summary of activities or data

 

Fuse IQ's insight and responsiveness have helped I-TECH to develop a mature and robust application that is gaining acceptance in more places than we had ever envisioned.  They are truly a partner in the growth of TrainSMART not only as our development company but as someone that understands global health, working in resource limited settings, and the unique circumstances that revolve around this type of work.

Robert McLaughlin, Manager Information Systems, International Training & Education Center for Health (I-TECH) Department of Global Health, University of Washington